NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Tax Reform Plan In Committee

Credit Jessica Jones

House legislators have passed a tax reform plan in a committee hearing that would establish a flat personal income tax.

House Bill 998 is one of three competing proposals to reform North Carolina's tax code. Republican representative David Lewis is the bill's main sponsor.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Thu June 6, 2013

House Lawmakers Definitively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state House have given final approval to a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act.

It's a law that gives death row inmates the chance to appeal their sentences if they can prove racial bias was a factor in their cases.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Tentatively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal

Credit Dave DeWitt

House lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act, a landmark law that allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences on the basis of racial bias.

Republican Representative Sarah Stevens told her colleagues that there should be better ways to eliminate racism from juries and trials.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Protesters Crowd Legislature For Fifth 'Moral Monday'

Reverend William Barber addresses the rally
Credit Jessica Jones

A story about 'Moral Mondays' at the legislature.

151 people were arrested at the General Assembly Monday night. It was the fifth “Moral Monday” demonstration at the legislature, and it was the largest yet.

Police estimate that at least a thousand people crowded the mall behind the building to protest Republican policies on everything from education to tax cuts.  They started gathering on the Halifax Mall late yesterday afternoon.

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Politics & Government
5:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Lawmakers Offer Three Competing Tax Reform Plans

State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers have formally laid out three competing plans to reform North Carolina's tax code.

They've filed three bills that would all lower sales and income tax rates. The measures would all expand the sales tax base by broadening it to include more services. But each plan features different details.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Thu May 30, 2013

House Passes Bill Giving Dix Lease Another Year

Dorothea Dix campus
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers in the State House have passed a compromise measure that would give state and Raleigh city officials more time to work out a lease to create a destination park.

The bill would give officials a year to work out a different lease agreement for the city's Dorothea Dix property. It would dissolve the current lease signed by then-Democratic governor Beverly Perdue and Raleigh city officials.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Representative Deborah Ross Is Stepping Down

Democratic Representative Deborah Ross
Credit NC Legislature

A longtime state legislator is resigning from her post after a decade of public service.

Democratic Representative Deborah Ross announced earlier this month that she was taking a job as the general counsel of the Triangle Transit Authority. Her last official day at the legislature is Saturday.

Ross told House lawmakers that she will miss both her Democratic and Republican friends.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

How Will North Carolina Education Change?

A student at McDougle Elementary School.
Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter Dave Dewitt updates us on education legislation

  A North Carolina House Committee approved yesterday a bill that would provide funding to low income families wanting to go to private or religious schools Host Frank Stasio talks about that and other education-related news with WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter Dave Dewitt.

Politics & Government
4:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Legislative Committee Approves Voucher Bill

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A legislative committee has approved a measure that would allow low-income students to get taxpayer money to attend private schools.

The bill, called the Opportunity Scholarship Act, would set aside ten million dollars for two thousand scholarships beginning on July first. $40 million more dollars would be set aside for students the following year.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Senate Budget Proposes Scrapping Publicly Financed Judicial Elections

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In 2002, North Carolina was the first state in the country to establish a system of full public financing for its high court judges. The law was enacted after huge sums of money began flooding into court elections across the country.

Many observers say the system helps take politics out of judicial elections and encourages the best candidates to run.  North Carolina’s judicial financing system is widely seen as a national model. Since it was created, legislators in New Mexico, Wisconsin and West Virginia have been inspired to create their own public funding programs too.

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